Elementary recap: The Invisible Hand
When a bomb goes off at Morland's office, Sherlock and Joan must balance working alone and with the NYPD to find out who's responsible
Last week’s Elementary teased the involvement of Moriarty or her organization in the many, many crimes perpetrated against Morland Holmes. From the assassination of his love Zabine to the hijacking of his oil deal, the organization had done a lot to mess with Morland Holmes, collecting a lot of collateral damage along the way. This week, “The Invisible Hand” opens with a purposeful statement from Sherlock: This is not the work of Moriarty, but it’s clear that someone has taken over her role in the organization.
Sherlock isn’t sure he wants to tell anyone about the organization just yet though, as they have a tendency to kill anyone who’s on to them. So, he thinks it’s best to just keep pursuing the new head of the organization in private. Things change though when a bomb goes off at Morland’s workplace, killing some of Morland’s employees.
Since the bomb went off after Morland left the office, it’s clear the organization is just sending one final message, telling him to stop looking for Kraznov and the man who hired him. At the scene of the crime Sherlock gets one look at everything and then bolts while Marcus and Gregson point out that this was the work of a slick assassin. Unfortunately, there’s no security footage to give them a lead on who it might be.
While everyone thinks Morland is away on business, Sherlock knows better. “Don’t shoot me, I just want to talk to my father,” he says as he knocks on the door of his father’s safe house. He tells Morland all about Moriarty and the organization, and Morland reveals that he thinks Kraznov is responsible for the office bombing. He thinks he’s back to send a message.
The question then becomes, who hired him? There’s a bigger question of why they’re even after Morland in the first place, but hey, one thing at a time. Sherlock decides it’s time to look at the three different companies that have been hit in the last little while and find a connection. While he doesn’t find anyone suspicious on the three boards of directors, he does find a common connection: A professor named Joshua Vikner gave paid speeches to all three energy companies at some point.
When Sherlock does a little digging, he finds a book authored by Vikner, and his author photo shows a painting in the background. Sherlock is convinced the painting is by Moriarty, and thus Vikner must be the one who’s taken over the whole operation.
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The funny thing is, Sherlock and Joan don’t even have to question him very hard. When they show up at the University where he teaches, he basically admits to running the whole thing. “What took you so long?” he says upon their arrival. He tells the detectives that he brought order to the organization after Moriarty’s departure, and he also knows the detectives don’t have anything on him right now so he can openly admit this.
Thus, Sherlock and Joan need to find Kraznov and establish a link between him and Vikner if they’re ever going to get close to bringing down the organization.
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After figuring out that the bomb was brought into Morland’s office via jugs of water, with Kraznov posing as an employee, the detectives manage to figure out where the bomber purchased a trolley to move the jugs. They track a gift card number, then guess that Kraznov must be holed up in the area. The NYPD finds him in a shady motel and bring him in for questioning.
Kraznov is not exactly cooperative though. First he plays dumb about speaking English, then he just refuses to acknowledge anything. He knows they have very little proof that he bombed the office, so he’s not too stressed about the whole thing. Still, Sherlock asks to have him put on suicide watch, meaning that his shoelaces and belt need to be confiscated.
Of course, Sherlock has another motive here. He notices that the belt buckle is corroded, and he determines that it’s because of a pesticide used in the making of the bomb that causes such damage to metal. So, if they can figure out how Kraznov obtained the pesticide, it’d be another step toward figuring out the whole chain of events.
At this point Morland is pissed off that Sherlock has kept him out of the loop, despite saying he’d inform him of any updates. He shows up at the Brownstone and rips into Sherlock for basically everything wrong in his life, even tangentially blaming him for Zabine’s death. As Sherlock calmly informs him though, he didn’t tell Morland about Kraznov because he knew Morland would try and find a way to get to him and torture him. As they say, once a torturer, always a torturer.
Despite getting nowhere with trying to connect Kraznov and Vikner to Morland and the attacks over the years, there’s a glimmer of hope at one point. Vikner asks to meet Sherlock at the funeral of Morland’s employee who died in the bombing. It turns out that he wants Sherlock to mediate a peace agreement between Vikner and Morland. Sherlock seems to briefly consider it, but he knows it’s not possible, and when he asks Vikner why he went after his father in the first place his only response is “it’s business.” Sherlock’s going to need more than that if he’s going to step in and mediate for these two.
Things are looking up when the NYPD find that Kraznov robbed a chemical plant to steal the pesticide, meaning they finally have a crime on American soil that can be used to detain the Russian fugitive. Just as it seems like they’re going to get their man, a cop named Panabaker walks up to Kraznov as he’s being escorted through the police station and shoots him in the head before killing himself.
It’s an intense scene that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense until Sherlock puts it together. He figures Panabaker must have been blackmailed by Vikner or the organization, leading to him killing Kraznov so that the Russian wouldn’t flip and tell the police everything.
A little digging and intuition on Sherlock’s part reveals that Panabaker’s IP address was linked to the Dante test, which revealed that he was a psychopath, and if you remember, the organization has been using them to do their dirty work. That’s three of the six psychopaths discovered at this point, so there’s probably more destruction to come.
Sure enough, when Sherlock and Joan head back to the Brownstone to essentially start all over again, Sherlock gets suspicious that someone is inside their building waiting for them. He uses the back entrance and apologizes to Joan for being so paranoid, but says that it’s probably necessary considering their situation. He’s right. Just as everything seems to be fine they walk into another room and see three water jugs and a bomb, the same kind that was used in Morland’s office. The episode cuts to black and we’re left waiting until next week’s finale to see how this all plays out.